C1 Esterase Inhibitor, Recomb

Uses

This medication is used to treat the swelling problems caused by a certain immune disease passed down through families (hereditary angioedema-HAE). HAE is caused by low levels or improper function of a natural substance produced by the body (C1-esterase inhibitor). Symptoms such as rapid swelling of the hands, feet, limbs, face, tongue, or throat can occur. Swelling of the intestinal tract may cause symptoms such as abdominal cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting. Attacks of swelling may occur without reason. However, anxiety, stress, sickness, and surgery may trigger attacks in some people. This medication works by increasing the level of C1-esterase inhibitor to help treat attacks of sudden swelling due to hereditary angioedema.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using C1-esterase inhibitor and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is given by injection into a vein, at the first signs of an HAE attack, as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on weight and your medical condition. Do not use more than 4,200 international units per dose. Do not use more than 2 doses in a 24-hour period.

If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. The solution is normally clear and colorless. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. If the medication and the solution used to mix it have been refrigerated, bring both to room temperature before combining. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

After giving yourself a dose of this medication, you should get medical help right away for follow-up treatment.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

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